Ableton has announced the launch of a public beta of the latest update for its music performance and production software, which comes with significant additions and improvements to all editions of Live, including Live Lite, plus Push.

Live 12.1 introduces auto-tagging, making it easier to find the right sound in your user library. New tags are automatically assigned to all samples in the library less than a minute long, as well as to VST3 and AU plugins.

Auto Shift, Live’s new pitch correction and harmonization device, lets you manipulate and extract harmonies from vocals in real time. Choose a scale for Auto Shift to follow, and play and make harmonies from any monophonic signal with the dedicated sidechain.

Drum Sampler, Live’s new compact sample player, lets you tweak and enhance drum sounds on the fly. Limiter and Saturator have been redesigned, and the MIDI Editor now allows you to filter and select notes by time, pitch, or a number of other criteria. Two new MPE-specific MIDI Transformations – Glissando and LFO – let you create curves for the MPE parameters of selected notes.

12.1 also brings updates to Push. On Push 2 and 3 you can now map Macros, experiment with Macro Variations, organize Sets more easily, and take advantage of Live 12’s browser filters. Push 3 now lets you add groove instantly to all the MIDI clips in your Set with a single twist of an encoder, while Push 3 standalone adopts Live’s new sample auto-tagging feature.

Owners of a Live 12 license can join the beta program to test Live 12.1. The update will be free for all owners of a Live 12 license once the beta testing period is over.

More information: Ableton